Navy Day Regatta
After weeks of preparation and competition between each other, UDMC rowers were able to compete in their first regatta of the fall, Navy Day Regatta, against local competitors to see how they measure up early the season. All crews were able to participate in their respective events with large representation in the Frosh/Novice 8+ of 4 boats and new representation in the Open Single Final. The morning started with Corey Brown, Sophomore Lightweight, racing in the Men’s Open 1x Final against numerous competitors hailing from Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row. Brown finished 19th out of 34 boats; great work Corey! The morning continued with UDMC rowers competing in the Collegiate Lightweight 4+ coming in 6th. With the large volume of rowers on the varsity lightweight squad this fall, adding the 4+ to the fleet allowed all rowers to race in the regatta. Thank you to lightweight cox Chandler Clemens for doubling up in racing that day! Within the hour, UDMC launched their 4 freshmen boats comprised of a mix of recruits and walk on rowers. For majority of their squad, this was their first major race giving them an opportunity to see their competition for the remainder of the fall, and allowing new coxn’s to scope out the Schuylkill River’s head race course! In the Collegiate Frosh/Novice 8+, Delaware finished 7th, 12th, 15th and 22nd out of 23 boats. The freshmen’s fastest boat finished ahead of Rutgers A and Drexel A, in close contention with Navy’s light A boat. Second and third freshmen boats finished above Lehigh A and Drexel B with the fourth freshmen boat ending above Lehigh C. Great work Frosh, welcome to fall racing!
Shortly after, the heavyweight 2v took 6th in their event, finishing above Penn B and Rutgers A. In the afternoon, Varsity lights sent their three eights onto the course to race in the Open/Collegiate Lightweight 8+. The 1V was able to finish 4th despite a run- in with some debris and leaves on their course interfering with their last 1k. The light 2v took a 5th place finish and the 3v was able to safely finish the race despite having a rower take a quick swim in the Schuylkill due to an ejector crab.
The day ended with the 1V heavyweight boat taking 9th in their event of 32 boats, finishing ahead of St. Joes, Temple and Rutgers. Way to go heavies!
UDMC is proud of all its rowers and looks forward to more competitive racing this fall! Thank you to all the parents and friends who came out to support the crews.